The Anglo-Ethiopian Society

MBILI - Eastern Africa Visual Traditions, 2nd Colloquium, British Museum, London

From Wednesday 13th September 2006 to Thursday 14th September 2006

MBILI has been planned by four Africanist scholars working with different institutions in the UK. Members of the public are very welcome to attend the seminar, or any session of the seminar, but do need to register with the organisers in advance.
Registration is free, for details on how to register please contact the Anglo-Ethiopian Society via this Contact Us link.

The seminar will be held in the Hugh and Catherine Stevenson Lecture Theatre which is in the Clore Education Centre of the British Museum.

Seminar details:

Wednesday 13th September:

Session One 14:00 – 15:30
Chris Spring Introduction and welcome
Kiprop Lagat Hazina in Nairobi: installation and reception
Farouk Topan Swahili Aesthetics: some observations
Jackie Guille Contemporary craft in eastern Africa:weaving links
Rakhia Ismail Somali women:Back to Basics
Tea 15:30 – 16:00 With a display in the Clore Foyer: ‘Back to Basics’
Session Two 16:00 – 17:30
Mohamed Abdalla The interplay of ceramic form and surface
Jeremy Coote Recovering the Cultures of Southern Sudan: an online museological resource at the Pitt Rivers Museum
Sada Mire Ceramic Art, Past and Present: The Nile Valley and Magdalene Odundo
Said El-Gheithy Curating Princess Salmé of Zanzibar
Performance/Film Screening 17:45 – 19:15
Video by Berry Bickle & Luis Basto Vidas Urbanos shown at Dak’art 7th 2006
Chris Spring ‘Kanga’; ‘Tree of Life’
Drinks Reception 19:15 – 20:00


Thursday 14th September:
Session Three 10:00 – 11:30
Heidi Cutts Ethiopian Popular Paintings: a survey from the BM’s collections
Ralph Isaacs Tingatinga and reminiscences of art in 1960s Tanzania
Leah Niederstadt I’m a Rich Man. How Can I Die?- Aesthetics of Moral Performance in Ethiopian Circuses
Coffee 11:30 – 12:00
Session Four 12:00 – 12:45
Hassan Arero & Elsbeth Court Summary session: themes and directions in the study of eastern Africa’s visual and material culture
Lunchtime Public Lecture 13:00 – 14:00
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher AFRICAN CEREMONIES: 30 years of Photography



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